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Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

I do not put my picture on this much but nobody sent me any others yesterday. I know you get tired of the same people's picture.That is why I have several good fishermen reportImage titleImage title

The lake level is 564.58 and has dropped one inch in the last 24-hours with no generation since last evening. They got lots of rain in Newport and Batesville but we got less than one inch of gentle, badly needed rain here in Mountain Home. We had received less than 1/2 inch all the month of August before that. It was cloudy and misting rain with a water surface temperature of 84 degrees and a gentle wind from the northeast when I went out yesterday afternoon. The lake is stained and you could see your lure down about three feet. The conditions were perfect for a bite so it did not matter how many light bulbs were out, playground toys broken or how many chains were pulled out of ceiling fans. I was going fishing. I went walleye fishing and caught two along river channel banks on the main lake in 26-feet of water but it was slow so I started spooning brush piles. We put in some nice brush this winter and the ones we put in the shallowest are in play now. I put on a Bink's 1/2 ounce Many Shad spoon and vertical jigged right in the brush. Catfish, crappie, bass and bluegill were caught right up until 5:pm in 26-27 feet of water. The bass, bluegill and catfish were taken to Tom Kelly's trophy pond and the rest were released immediately. Crappie and walleye are hard to keep alive in this weather even if they are iced down so they go right back in. Bass and bluegill fishing is very good right now, crappie and walleye are fair with several  walleye, but not all, are short. If you are only catching short ones try just a couple of feet deeper. Bink is the only one I know catching stripers and there are reports of several dead ones floating near the dam. Some are people trying to release fish that come out of deep water and others are from lack of oxygen.  I do not fish for them this time of year. Fishing is getting better and better especially in the area of the lake around Blackburns. Come on down.  We will not charge you too much. No dragging or pulling anything behind any of our rental boats except for the ski boat. Our friends at the marinas have boats for you to do that. Ours are for cruising, swimming and fishing only. Sorry. You must be a guest to rent a boat from us. 

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

Caught fishing with Bink's Guide Service.Image titleImage title

The lake level is 564.66 and is dropping an average of 2-1/2 inches per day with generation about 3/4ths the time. They are holding the White River art Newport to 12-feet religiously despite the very dry conditions. They have had all summer to drop the lake but have refused to do so but they see fit to drop Table Rock to below the power pool to protect Branson. Anytime the government is involved the corruption begins.  It is all about the money. The lake is clearing a bit but is still stained green. The surface temperature is in the mid 80's and has been pretty stable lately. We are to get a couple of inches of rain on Friday due to the hurricane but should be able to take that easily with the dry conditions.  It just depends on how fast we get it. It should be mostly gone by the weekend. Striper fishing is not the best right now but walleye, bass and bluegill fishing is pretty good. Blackburns has a couple of cabins available for this weekend but will be very busy again for the holiday. Come on dow. We will not charge you too much.

Norfork Lake Condition and Fishing Report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental (click here for comment)

If you see yourself on here make a comment. All of these fish were caught close to Blackburn's Dock in the last few days. Image titleImage titleImage titleImage titleImage titleImage titleImage titleImage title

The lake was stained green when I went out yesterday and the surface temperature was 85 degrees with a level of 565.54 now and a drop of 3-inches from the day before. You could see your lure down a little less than three feet. The thermocline is less than 30 feet now and should not drop much further. It rarely gets below 32 feet. The fish that I am catching now are either right on the bank or near the bottom at 25-27 feet. The ones on the bank are on the inside of main lake points and the others are right on the points at that depth range near any structure. At this rate of level drop Blackburns Brush piles shoul be back in play in three weeks and fishing should be really good. I will be fishing brush piles exclusively then with the Bink's spoon. After that I will include slip float with minnows and the Bobby Garland Baby Shad blue Ice in color. I will use the little grub casting it over the brush and letting it sink slowly when it is windy and right down in the brush with the live minnows when I can stay right over the brush. I know where the walleye, crappie and bass will be as the lake approaches normal level. I had some guests catch some nice catfish on jugs and trot lines this weekend on lice perch. Tom Kelly is catching bass and crappie on Float Creek with his worm and spoon. Mike Eakle is on the walleye on main lake points on the Bink's Many Shad 1/2 ounce spoon in 23-28 feet of water. Bink is out with some Blackburns guests today and we will see how he does. He has been catching some good ones regularly including temperate Bass or what I call red meat fish. Bluegill are biting well on crickets and worms off docks and near willows on the main lake. Fishing is not the best now but is getting better and will continue to do so until the lake turns sometime in October for several days and then get good again. The turn will not stop the bite, just slow it down and scatter the fish. It will be improtant to know where the cover is at the right depth then. Come on down to Blackburns.  We will not charge you too much.

Norfork Lake conditions and fishing report by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental

The lake level is 566 33 and has dropped a little less than 3-inches in the last 24-hours. Blackburns has our complete original road to the dock open now as well as the boat launch but you still have to park on the road by the dock and walk down some stairs to get on.  Things are much better than before and getting better. At 560 we will get out main parking lot back and things will be back to normal as well as many of our brush piles for fishing. It has been very slow coming with the resistance to let out water by the COE. We are very dry here again and we should have been back to normal months ago. We need a rain bad. Walleye fishing has been the best with bass next and then a few crappie. The thermocline is at 28-feet and the lake is stained both in the creeks and the main lake. Spoon main lake points at 23-27 feet for about everything mentioned above.  Tom Kelly is catching some good bass on his worm near the bank and Mike Eakle is using the 1/2 ounce Bink's many shad  spoon exclusively. Bink is catching some stripers also on his spoon but not a lot. I have been too busy with rental boats and my fishing time has been very limited. It is very busy here at Blackburns and we like that. People are taking advantage of the best prices on the lake here on both cabins and boat rentals and the great weather despite the drought. All of our cabins are individual with no duplexes and you can social distance. All have big covered porches to get out of the weather. The big pool with slide is open. Your first boat stall is free here unless you bring a pontoon or a boat with a tower but we do not have boat stalls for one day rentals. Trolling motors on some pontoons are free and are included in the price. Sorry we no longer allow towing anything from any of our rental boats except our ski boat so if you need to do so our friends at the marinas will rent you a boat for that. Our boats are for fishing, cruising and swimming only. You can stay here and rent from them and drag anything you want. We are looking forward to the fall fishing and bookings have never been better. Come on down.  You will be welcome and we will not charge you too much. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

The lake level is 567.97 and is dropping between two and three inches everyday with generation most of the time. The surface temperature was 85 when I went out yesterday and the lake seems to be cleraring a bit but the visibility is still not good. Patton at Scuba Doo Dive Shop reports the thermocline is 28-feet. I started spooning a main lake point near the resort and caught about a three pound Kentucky Bass right away and then nothing. I moved inside the cove side of the point in the shade and caught some very nice Warmouth on a Bobby Garland Baby shad. I then went to another main lake point and started spooning again in 23-feet of water and caught three walleye and came in. I was still using the 1/2 ounce Bink's Many Shad Spoon. I do not know why the walleye are at 23 when they are usually right at the thermocline near the bottom. Maybe just because that is where the cover is located on the old shoreline buckbrush. All of the fish were caught near some kind of structure. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Biggest striper of the year caught on the Bink's spoon.Image titleImage titleJerry and Lucy Swink with a nice walleye.

The lake level is 568.22 and has dropped 2-1/2 inches in the last 24-hours with generation most of the time. The lake is still stained and the surface temperature is 85 degrees. Jerry and Tina Swink caught some nice walleye on their first trip to Norfork. We hope they liked it here. Nice People. I took an hour off after checking out a couple of rental boats and took Bink's and Mike Eakle's advice on where the fish were. They told me to go to main lake points and work them with a jigging spoon at 23-feet. I put on a Bink's 1/2 ounce Many  Shad Spoon and went to a very close point to the resort. I caught three warmouth some nice bluegill and a bass and then moved. When they say 23-feet they mean 23-feet. I caught no fish at 21-feet and none at 25-feet. 23-feet is where the old shoreline buck brush is located  I then caught three walleye just before the rain. I came in and took all of the fish to Tom Kelly's trophy pond. People are catching a lot of big fish out of it and I have to keep it stocked up for them. I do not have a lot of time for fishing right now with Blackburns being so busy but it was nice to be out. My time will come.Fishing will just get better and better until the lake turns sometime in October and then keep getting better again. The lake is still in excellent condition for swimming and boating but needs to drop a few feet for day use accessibility. At least Blackburns has no diminished services including launching but we still have to park the cars at the dock on the road and walk down steps to the dock. Come on down. We will not charge you too much.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

All of these fish were caught on The Bink's Spoon yesterday and today in 23-ft. of water on main lake points.Image titleImage titleImage titleImage title

The lake level is 568.84 and is dropping a little over 2-inches in 24-hours with generation about 2/3s of the time.  They are holding the twin lakes up as long as they can while reducing the White River at Newport to 11+ feet for no reason. The lake is stained and you can see your lure down about three feet. Bink, James Soltysiac, Mike Eakle and Tom Kelly are catching some nice fish everyday. They are using the Bink's Jigging Spoon on Mainlake points in 23-feet of water and catching crappie, walleye and bass in the mornings early. Over 1/2 of the walleye are short but some nice ones are also being caught.  Tom is also using the split tailed worm for bass. The lake continues to be busy and the very warm summer conditions continue amd the ;ale surface temperature is back up past the mid 80's. Things are looking good here at Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental. Come on down and check us out and we will not charge you too much.  

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

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Caught fishing with Bink's Guide Service.Image title

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The lake level is 569.26 and is dropping a little over 2-inches every day with generation about 2/3s the time. The lake became stained a few days ago and remains so. You can see your lure down about three feet. The lake surface temperature has dropped to about 85 degrees with the cooler weather but should go back up with the hot ambient temperature starting tomorrow and continuing into next week. We have passed what is normally our hottest time which is the last of July and the first week in August. We seem to get a rain right when we need it to keep things green but no extra. The lake is in excellent condition for boating and swimming but still too high for beaches. Some more boat launches are opening up and more parking for day users but it is still crowded on the weekends. 560 level is about optimal for the lake level but at this rate we will not get to that until a couple of weeks after Labor day. It does not leave much surge capacity for a big rain though. Trollers are getting some stripers on live bait deep but have to work for them and most are not very big.   Some are in 70+ feet of water and are lethargic. Some walleye are with them but most of them and the bass are just outside of the old shoreline in about 23-25 feet of water near the bottom and around the thermocline. The best bite right now is the bluegill and some of them are very large. They are fun and good eating. The children love to catch them. A few crappie are under docks but the bite is slow at best. Fishing will now get better and better until the lake turns in October and then get good again. I catch a lot of big fish around Thanksgiving and throughout the winter when the lake is lower and my brush piles come back into play.I hope they draw the lake down this winter and not hold it up into the mid 550's going into the spring. That is proven not to work but you cannot let the government run anything.We will be ok no matter what they do it just makes it more difficult. I have not seen the lake so busy after the first week in August in years and they are still coming.  The county sales tax revenues are at record levels with the town crowded with visitors. Come on down to Blackburns Resort and Boat Rental and we will nor charge you too much.

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Caught on the Bink's Spoon yesterday. Image title

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The lake level is 569.88 and has dropped a little over 2-inches in the last 24-hours with generation about 2/3 of the time. I am really glad to break the 570 level but it is not near enough. 560 is a very good level for about everything but does not leave much room for spring rains.  We did receive about 1-inch total last week with several showers. When the rain chances were 100 and 90% we got nothing and when they were 10% it rained every day. There was no wind or lightening and we needed the moisture badly. It is good now. Things have really greened up again nicely and the gardens are doing great. We are getting some very nice weather with highs near 80 and lows in the high 50's and that is rare for early August which can be the hottest time of the year. It has been a good summer weather wise and we have avoided all severe weather so far. It is to warm back up this weekend but people are really enjoying the weather and the lake. It has been the busiest that I have seen it in many years despite the covid and the high water. People just want to get out and appreciate being able to social distance in both their cabins and on the water. Blackburns has rental pontoons available from $105 to $195/day and from 24-30 feet long and bass boats too. We do not allow any drag toys or grills on any boats but our marina friends do if you feel the need to. Ours are for fishing, swimming and cruising only and we have trolling motors on several of them. Check them out on the rental boat section of Blackburns web site. The water surface temperature is still about 87 degrees and is in very good condition for boating and swimming. Fishing is just fair except for the very good fishermen who really know how to fish this lake. Bink is still catching stripers and walleye (870-499-7384) and Tom Kelly and Mike Eakle are catching bass on shakey head worms and split tailed worms. The thermocline is dropping and is now outside the brush line making it a bit easier for divers to spearfish but the visibility is not the best. I will have to wait a couple of weeks or more for the business to slow down before I am able to go.  It is best in September and October anyway after the very early season. I get a lot of walleye and crappie in October. If you are staying in a duplex with no coverd porch or in a place with no pool or a very small one stop by Blackburns Before you leave and check things out. I think you will like what you see. 

Norfork Lake fishing and lake conditions by Scuba Steve from Blackburns Resort and Boat rental (click here for comments)

Caught fishing with Bink yesterday. Nice fish.Image title

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The lake level is 570.24 and has dropped 2-inches in the last 24-hours with generation about 1/2 the time. We did receive 1/2 inch of badly needed rain yesterday but missed almost all that was predicted.  The surface temperature is 87 degrees and the lake is in good condition for boating, swimming and fishing although it is still too high for beaches and the parking for launching is still limited on weekends. The boat traffic is still relatively high for the first part of August and people are really enjoying the lake and are happy to just get out. It has really been busy here at Blackburns with people taking advantage of the best prices on the lake for cabins and boat rentals. The big pool with slide has been very popular with the children really enjoying swimming in it and also off the dock. Bink has been catching walleye and stripers on his spoon and Tom Kelly, Mike Eakle and the Sims boys have been catching some nice bass and a few walleye. The split tailed worm, shakey head worm on a jig head and grubs are the best for bass. Fish early, take the middle of the day off and hit it again in the late afternoon for the best fishing. Use light clear line and work the main lake points from the shore to about 23 feet. Bink is catching his stripers deep.